John McGrath of The News Tribune weighs in on the battle at quarterback for Seattle, which appears to be narrowed down to a two-horse race between free agent addition Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson.
While Flynn has played efficient but unspectacular with the reserves, Wilson has wowed people with his playmaking ability against reserves in the second halves of games against Tennessee and Denver.
McGrath believes it’s time to see what Wilson can do against frontline talent, and that Pete Carroll should start him against Kansas City this week.
McGrath: No need to lose sleep over this one, Pete.
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Start Wilson in Kansas City. See if the kid, who’s not really a kid anymore, is the game-changing dynamo a lot of us suspect he is. Then turn the second-half duties over to Flynn, whose passing numbers figure to improve, substantially, by the prospect of not having to target Terrell Owens as a first-option receiver.
If Wilson struggles against a legitimate defense, while Flynn thrives against the temps, the conclusions you make will be difficult. But they’ll also be informed.”
In my story today, receiver Deon Butler may be small in stature, but he’s made a big impact so far in exhibition play.
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com chimes in with McGrath, saying that Wilson has earned the right to start against Kansas City. Thiel: “Wilson was drafted by a team that doesn’t need a superhero at QB. They just need someone to do the math that gets them from three to six more often. Wilson has shown enough to merit an opportunity to show his computing skills.”
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports believes that Seattle needs to settle on Matt Flynn as the team’s starting quarterback. I agree. Kirwan: “Flynn needs as much practice time as he can get from here on out because he has only two career starts.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that reserve safety Jeron Johnson made the most of his opportunities against the Broncos.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the fact that the Seahawks’ first unit offense has yet to reach the end zone is a concern as this team heads into the final two preseason games.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated lists the Seahawks as one of the teams in the league in trouble in terms of depth at receiver, along with Miami, the N.Y. Jets and San Diego.
Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network is reporting that the Tennessee Titans will name Jake Locker as the starter for the team’s regular-season opener.
The Onion has an amusing spoof on Terrell Owens deciding which of the three Seattle quarterbacks to undermine.